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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:02 pm 
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The only annoying thing about these Vivs is not being able to remove the glass without removing some screws and a bit of wood.
Looking forward to seeing it come together.

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:04 pm 
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Once the viv was put together I made 'holes' for the wiring put them in place and screwed the top down. Then I screwed the holders in place for the Arcadia UV strip.


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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:10 pm 
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MattK wrote:The only annoying thing about these Vivs is not being able to remove the glass without removing some screws and a bit of wood.
Looking forward to seeing it come together.


Yeah I thought that too as usually there is a bit of room in the top runner to lift the glass out. I do like that the two doors are nice and close together which in some vivs is usually an issue and needs something between the doors to stop escapee bugs etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
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That's the arcadia fitted...


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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
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And there we have it, after putting in the basking light and the front panels including the glass doors in place, the vivarium is complete

... well except for the background which will be the hard part ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
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Two spotlights for heat/light ? You may find that a little over-kill but it does give you more scope for adjusting the temps.

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Rick wrote:Two spotlights for heat/light ? You may find that a little over-kill but it does give you more scope for adjusting the temps.

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I love the peace of mind with the two spotlights as you know that if one blows whilst your at work there is still some heat in the viv, I'm getting a basking temp of 105f so its worked out well, although I have put my stat in the wrong place and it cannot be moved (as you will see in the next few posts)

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Will you be fitting thermostat control to both lights or running say a 40w permanently and a 60w on thermostat? I think the latter would result in increased overall brightness and a more stable temp, but I'd want to know the stable temp of just a 40w on it's own first. Just in case it's useful for you a 100w bulb in mine gives a very nice thermal gradient, I tried a 150 and it held the temp but wasn't very bright and it's safe to say a 60 would struggle.
I'm looking forward to seeing your background.

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
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MattK wrote:Will you be fitting thermostat control to both lights or running say a 40w permanently and a 60w on thermostat? I think the latter would result in increased overall brightness and a more stable temp, but I'd want to know the stable temp of just a 40w on it's own first. Just in case it's useful for you a 100w bulb in mine gives a very nice thermal gradient, I tried a 150 and it held the temp but wasn't very bright and it's safe to say a 60 would struggle.
I'm looking forward to seeing your background.


The light is one unit with one plug coming from it so each bulb, 60w each, is thermostatically controlled giving me a basking temp of 105f-110f. The gradient isn't brilliant at the moment, around 85f in the cool end, but that is because I need to add a low down vent in the cool end to allow a better air flow.

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Temp is a little high but remember that the temp actually on a raised basking spot will increase as it gets nearer the heat source. Based on this you can probably drop the cool side temp to around 26C and with a basking spot raised around 5+ cm from the floor still achieve a nice basking spot temp.

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So glad its all coming together :lol: cant wait to see it all running and your beardie in enjoying space :lol: :lol:

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Rick wrote:Temp is a little high but remember that the temp actually on a raised basking spot will increase as it gets nearer the heat source. Based on this you can probably drop the cool side temp to around 26C and with a basking spot raised around 5+ cm from the floor still achieve a nice basking spot temp.

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The temperature is currently 105f at the basking spot ( a branch raised off the ground as much as possible without giving access to the basking bulbs) and I really don't want to lower the temperature there at all, if anything I think it could benefit from a raise in temperature of 5f or so.

So, basking site is pretty much bob on but I just need to let some cool air in at ground level on the cool side as this will hopefully push the hot air up an out of the top vents which will give me a nice gradient. This may well cool the whole viv down but at least with the improved air flow I can have more margin to alter the temperatures slightly


Catmishka33 wrote:So glad its all coming together :lol: cant wait to see it all running and your beardie in enjoying space :lol: :lol:


It's looking really good, hopefully this thread will be useful to someone someday ;)

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Hopefully the vents should make a difference ( I assumed you'd taken the temps in the bare viv at ground level).

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 Post subject: Re: Bruce's Crib
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:25 pm 
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As planned I am half way through making my 3D vivarium background. So here is the basic structure of the 3D background and yes I know my thermostat is in the wrong place however it is now too late to move it.

For those who haven't come across 3D backgrounds or any form of polystyrene and grout building it is relatively simple and all starts as a polystyrene design simply glued together with a non solvent adhesive like no more nails which is what I personally have used in this design based on it's rapid drying time.
When starting to design your background it is a mixture between planning and improvisation as it is good to get an idea of what the background will contain and look like however as you start sticking the landscape together you will add things you hadn't planned on, you will take away things that don't look right and as you will see in my case you will be forced to remove things when they collapse under the weight of the grout!!

So here's my starting design, I started by gluing my 'lining' in place which consists of sheets of polystyrene side by side and one sheet thick all along the back of the viv and covering two thirds of both sides. This gives you your base to build on whether you first make the lining an extra couple of sheets thicker or start layering 'rocks' straight onto the lining is personal choice. From my pictures you will see I have made parts of my lining thicker in places, left it as a single layer in other places and layered rocks in various places too so there is a wide variety to give a nice range of shape and depth.

IMPORTANT: TRY NOT TO LAYER TOO MUCH, IF ANYTHING, IN YOUR HOT END AS IT'S ONLY GOING TO GIVE MORE ACCESS TO THE LAMPS/HEAT AND RISK BURNS


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here is the cool end and hot end...


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